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Encyclopedia > List of cult and new religious movement researchers
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Cult
Cults and governments
Cult of personality
Cult suicide
Destructive cult
Groups referred to as cults
Imperial cult
Political cult

To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... In many countries there exists a separation of church and state and freedom of religion. ... Billboard of Joseph Stalin. ... Cult suicide is that phenomenon by which some religious groups, in this context often referred to as cults, have led to their membership committing suicide. ... A destructive cult is a group (often called cult) with strange beliefs (especially religious ones) and which exploits or destroys its own members or others. ... This list indexes a diverse set of groups and organizations indicated in the popular press and elsewhere as a cult or a sect. Inclusion is based on a single reference: as a cult directly in North American English, a sect in British English or any equivalent foreign language word; as... An Imperial cult is a cult were an Emperor, or a dynasty of emperors, are worshipped as (semi-)gods or deities Ancient Rome In the Roman Empire the Imperial cult was the worship of the Roman emperor as a god. ... The word cult is almost never used in regard to political parties, even if they were to share many or most other characteristics associated with religious cults. ...

Individuals
Cult and NRM researchers
Cult apologists A cult apologist is a term to describe a scholar of cults and/or new religious movements perceived as responding to the movements they study with advocacy instead of with neutral scholarship. ...

Organizations
CESNUR
Cult Awareness Network
Cult-watching group
FREECOG
Int'l Cultic Studies Assoc.
MIVILUDES
Reachout Trust CESNUR is a center for studies on new religions, based in Turin, Italy. ... Cult Awareness Network - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... A cult-watching group (CWG) is an organized or grass-roots assemblage of people who observe and comment on the largely marginal, often unpopular new religious movements which are often labeled cults. These groups generally fall into the following categories: anti-cult (movement) - Accuses NRMs of using mind control to... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is: ... an interdisciplinary network of academicians, professionals, former group members, and families who study and educate the public about social-psychological influence and control, authoritarianism, and zealotry in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Reachout Trust is an evangelical Christian organisation. ...

Opposition
Anti-Cult Movement
Christian countercult movement
Opposition to cults and NRMs To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Christian countercult movement, also known as discernment ministries is the collective designation for many mostly unrelated ministries and individual Christians who oppose non-mainstream Christian and non-Christian religious groups, which they often call cults. ... Opposition to cults and new religious movements (NRMs) comes from several sources with diverse concerns. ...

Theories / Methodologies
Brainwashing
Cult checklists
Deprogramming
Exit counseling
Mind control
Post-cult trauma theories
Brainwashing, also known as thought reform or re-education, is the application of coercive techniques to change the beliefs or behavior of one or more people usually for political or religious purposes. ... A cult checklist is a group of factors proposed to identify objectively which groups, cults, or new religious movements are spurious, or likely to abuse or exploit or otherwise harm its members. ... Deprogramming refers to actions to force a person to abandon allegiance to a religious group. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with deprogramming. ... Mind control (or thought control) has the premise that an outside source can control an individuals thinking, behavior or consciousness (either directly or more subtly). ...

Related
Apostasy
Bigotry
Charismatic authority
Groupthink
Occult
Religious intolerance
True-believer syndrome
Witch hunt
Freedom of religion
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Freedom of Expression
Apostasy (from Greek αποστασία, a defection or revolt from a military commander, from απο, apo, away, apart, στασις, stasis, standing) is a term generally employed to describe the formal renunciation of ones religion, especially if the motive is deemed unworthy. ... A bigot is a prejudiced person who is intolerant of opinions, lifestyles or identities differing from their own. ... Jesus is considered by historians such as Weber to be an example of a charismatic religious leader; The sociologist Max Weber defined charismatic authority as resting on devotion to the exceptional sanctity, heroism or exemplary character of an individual person, and of the normative patterns or order revealed or ordained... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Pluralistic ignorance. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Religious intolerance is intolerance motivated by ones own religious beliefs, generally against anothers religious beliefs. ... True-believer syndrome is a term coined by the reformed psychic fraud[1] M. Lamar Keene to refer to an irrational belief in paranormal events, even after direct confession and evidence that the events were fraudulently staged. ... A witch-hunt was traditionally a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, which could lead to a witchcraft trial involving the accused person. ... It has been suggested that Religious toleration be merged into this article or section. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: Universal Declaration of Human Rights The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (also UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/217, December 10, 1948 at Palais de Chaillot, Paris), outlining the organizations view on the human... Freedom of speech is the right to freely say what one pleases, as well as the related right to hear what others have stated. ...

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This list includes academic and government researchers and groups studying new religious movements and cults. It includes individuals who are primarily focused on opposing cults, as well as those of more supportive opinions. A new religious movement or NRM appears as a religious, ethical or spiritual grouping that has not (yet) become recognised as a standard denomination, church, or body, especially when it has a novel belief system and when it is not a sect. ... Cults is a suburb on the western edge of Aberdeen, Scotland. ...

Nancy T. Ammerman is a scholar who was commissioned in 1993 by the U.S. government to find out what went wrong in its dealings with the Branch Davidians at Waco. ... Eileen Barker is a professor in sociology and is an emeritus member of the London School of Economics, and a consultant to that institutions Centre for the Study of Human Rights at. ... Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi is a professor of psychology at the University of Haifa, Israel. ... David G. Bromley is a professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Education and Career Bromley received his B.A. in sociology (1963) from Colby College. ... Dr George D. Chryssides is the senior lecturer in Religious Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences of the University of Wolverhampton. ... John Gordon Clark, M.D. (1923 - 1999) was a Harvard psychiatrist and pioneer in the research about damaging effects of cults. ... Douglas E. Cowan Ph. ... Ron Geaves BA, MA, PhD, CertEd, is a Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader and Chair in religious studies at University College Chester in England. ... Doctor Edmund Charles Gruss (c. ... Jeffrey K. Hadden (1937 - 2003) was a Professor of Sociology who began teaching at the University of Virginia in 1972. ... Steve Hassan Steven Alan Hassan is an anti-cult activist and director of the Center for Freedom of Mind. ... Irving Hexham (April 14, 1943) is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ... Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983) was an American social writer. ... Professor Massimo Introvigne, a lawyer and social scientist (B.D. Philosophy, and Dr. Jur. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... Stephen A. Kent, Ph. ... David Christopher Lane (born April 29, 1956 in Burbank, California) is a professor of philosophy and sociology at Mount San Antonio College, USA and lecturer in religious studies at California State University, Long Beach, California. ... Jan van der Lans was a professor in psychology of religion at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. ... Michael Langone, Ph. ... Robert Jay Lifton (born May 16, 1926) is a prominent American psychiatrist and author, chiefly known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence. ... Dr. John Gordon Melton is the founding director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion and is a research specialist with the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. ... Anson D. Shupe American sociologist who studies religious groups and the anti-cult movement. ... Margaret Thaler Singer (1921 - 2003) was a clinical psychologist and emeritus professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Dr. Singer was born in Denver and received her bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Denver. ... Louis Jolyon (Jolly) West (1924 - January 2, 1999) an American psychiatrist and expert on brainwashing and mind control. ...

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